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Trump says Woodward`s book about White House is full of lies

Washington /  US President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the book written by renowned journalist Bob Woodward, which describes a dysfunctional and chaotic White House, saying it was “a shame” that someone could write a book filled with “so many lies and phony sources.”

“Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws,” the president added.

Woodward, whose work published in the Washington Post about the Watergate scandal was a factor that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974, explained that his book is based on interviews with White House staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The book, of which some fragments were published Tuesday, is titled “Fear: Trump in the White House” and is scheduled for release on Sept. 11.

In another Twitter post, Trump recalled that several of the book’s passages had already been “refuted and discredited” by his Chief of Staff John Kelly and by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, while insinuating that Woodward could be an operative for the Democratic Party.

According to one of the book’s passages, soon after being sworn in, Trump asked the Pentagon for a plan to launch a preventive military attack on North Korea, while criticizing the high cost of the United States’ military presence in South Korea.

Mattis allegedly then left the meeting “exasperated and alarmed,” telling close associates that the president had an understading and acted like “a fifth- or sixth-grader.”

The Secretary of Defense released a statement on Tuesday denying that he had ever uttered such “contemptuous words about the President,” adding that the book was “a product of someone’s rich imagination.”

On the other hand, US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday denied having written the anonymous opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times, in which an alleged top administration official harshly criticizes President Donald Trump.

“The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds,” Pence’s director of communications, Jarrod Agen, said in a Twitter post.

“The @nytimes should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts,” Agen said.

The opinion piece was published on Wednesday and its author’s name was only revealed to the newspaper’s editorial board.

The op-ed has stirred up controversy in the United States and exacerbated Trump‘s wrath against certain media outlets, as it takes aim at the president’s “amorality” and his “anti-democratic” impulses, while mentioning the existence of a “quiet resistance” within the administration.

“Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump‘s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” the text says.

According to the op-ed, top administration officials had discussed invoking the 25th amendment of the Constitution against Trump, which mentions the possibility that the president may be replaced by the vice president when the first is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

The text, however, states that “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

Trump has blasted the New York Times on social media since the op-ed was published, questioning whether the author is really a top administration official, while saying that if it were true, “the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once.” EFE

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Question 1
El texto de la noticia habla sobre...
A
las dimisiones en cadena en la Casa Blanca a raíz de la publicación de un libro sobre Trump.
B
las polémicas declaraciones de Bob Woodward en la Casa Blanca sobre un nuevo libro de Trump.
C
la polémica en Estados Unidos por el contenido de un libro de Bob Woodwar sobre la Casa Blanca de Trump.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice también que...
A
Trump ha publicado un artículo que califica de "repugnante" el libro.
B
el periódico The New York Times ha publicado un artículo anónimo y crítico con Trump.
C
funcionarios del Gobierno de Trump han firmado un artículo colectivo en NYT.
Question 3
Bob Woodward es famoso por...
A
ser un alto cargo de la era Trump.
B
ser un presentador de televisión.
C
el caso Watergate.
Question 4
Woodward dice que en la Casa Blanca...
A
el Presidente intenta frenar los malos impulsos de los funcionarios a diariio.
B
los funcionarios intentan frenar a diario la impulsividad del Presidente.
C
los impulsos del Presidente Trump han sido desmentidos varias veces.
Question 5
Para Trump el libro de Woodward es...
A
un libro más.
B
repugnante y difamatario.
C
ciencia-ficción política.
Question 6
Además, en el vídeo con la noticia relacionada se dice que...
A
el artículo anónimo de NYT ha sido escrito por dos funcionarios.
B
Trump encarga a dos altos cargos la investigación de los autores del artículo anónimo.
C
dos altos cargos de Trump niegan ser autores del artículo anónimo publicado en NYT.
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